As regular readers know, each Tuesday morning at 7:20 am Alaska, I join KBYR AM700‘s The Michael Dukes Show to discuss the latest in Alaska oil and fiscal issues. This week I also sat in for a day as guest host of Friday’s show while Michael took a well deserved break.
We turned part of the show into “Fiscal Friday,” using it as an opportunity to take a deeper dive into some of the important issues surrounding Alaska’s budget situation. We broke the discussion into two parts.
Part 1 includes:
- An overview of the three critical steps involved in setting a budget (determining the approach, projecting revenues and setting spending)(from 1:55 to 13:40 of the podcast),
- A discussion with Rep. Lynn Gattis on what lies ahead in the coming legislative session on fiscal issues (from 14:25 to 29:25), and
- A discussion with former Senate President and Walker Transition Team Co-Head Rick Halford on the Permanent Fund, the Permanent Fund Dividend and the “other 50” of the Permanent Fund earnings stream (from 30:25 to the end).
Part 2 includes a discussion during the first part of the third hour about budgeting decisions being made at the University of Alaska, and how those relate to the state’s fiscal situation (from 04:55 to 12:45).
Links to background articles and some of the materials referenced during the discussion are available here.